Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The College Volunteer Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania provides an opportunity to those on a career path to the medical field an opportunity to gain valuable hospital experience and exposure to medicine at a premiere institution.

What Would Make a Good Volunteer

  • Interest in pursuing a career in a medical field
  • Proactive demeanor and selfless mindset
  • Professional and positive attitude about your commitment to the hospital, its patients and visitors

What We Offer

  • Exposure to patient care in a premier hospital
  • Service to your community
  • Opportunity to gain a letter of recommendation for participation in an elite hospital program

What We Do Not Provide

  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Reimbursement for costs associated with the volunteer application process
  • Medical or clinical training
  • Course credits or internships

What We Require

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate baccalaureate program
  • Commitment to a minimum of 12 (4) hour shift over a 14-week period
  • Attend one half-day of hospital training prior to the start of volunteering
  • Complete on-line training modules as required
  • Application, background check, immunizations/vaccination records
  • During flu season, all volunteers are required to receive a flu vaccination between September and December. HUP will offer the vaccination free of charge. Summer volunteer will not need a vaccination.

What Assignments Are Available?

  • All assignments are on inpatient care units assisting the staff in day-to-day care of patients and hospital operations
  • Assignments will be selected on a first-come, first served basis after the Immunization & Health Screening form has been received

When Should I Apply?

  • Fall Session (September-December), applications open in June
  • Spring Session (January-May), applications open in October
  • Summer Session (May-August), applications open in February
  • All sessions close when all assignments have been filled

If I Complete An Application, Will I Be Accepted?

  • Due to space constraints, many more students apply than can be assigned a volunteer position
  • Assignments are filled on a first-come, first served basis

I Have Read and Understand All Above Information and Wish to Apply

Apply Now

Questions About Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 215-662-2576 or

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